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On Lok Yun

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In Bangkok, the rapid rate of urban developments had transformed the city landscapes into clusters of towering buildings and structures. This has resulted in huge disappearance of old structures, some could possibly dated hundreds of years in age. But fortunately, the city authority was able to shore up long term benefits of urban master plan in maintaining the old section of Bangkok known as the Rattanakosin district. Almost all the structures in Old Bangkok district consist of vintage buildings of which today, were still operating as business outlets of the heydays while others have been transformed into contemporary cafes, restaurants, art house, minimarts, boutique hotels, guesthouse, bakery shops and other trade outlets catering to locals as well as travellers. The Sino-Portuguese style building structures attracted my deep interests. I find these old architecture shops, usually built in 2 storey, very attractive and can be even seen as evergreen as they never be outdated when it comes to keeping up with current architecture design and styles though it has dated even up to hundred years of age. Over in Bangkok, the new extended MRT stations OF Hua Lamphong station, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat station and Wang Burapha station all were designed based on the Sino-Portuguese style structures which were a testament to the fact that such old architecture was never left behind times.

THE OLD SIAM SHOPPING PLAZA IN WANG BURAPHA, BANGKOK
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THE SALA CHALERM KRUNG ROYAL THEATRE
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Four years ago, I had been exploring this part of Old Bangkok on walking tour which brought me to some of the important landmarks and tourist attractions including historical buildings and temples such as Phra Sumen Fort, Democracy Monument, Dinso Road, Khao San Road, Wat Saket or Golden Mount Temple, Wat Suthat & The Giant Swing, Lohas Prasat, Wat Bowoniwet, Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Back to the Rattanakosin district, this time around I venture to this Bangkok Old city to check out some of the old time coffee shops of which today, not many has existed. This was due to the fact that the previous old generation entrepreneurs were no longer around while the current generations were not keen to take over the business. Most likely, the handful old style coffee shops in Old Bangkok may only be around for next 10 years or so and perhaps this is the time to visit before they dissapear for good, so I thought.

ON LOK YUN COFFEE SHOP, THE CROWD & THE INTERIOR
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THE ADJACENT YET TO BE OPEN NEW WANG BURAPHA MRT STATION
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One of the still famous and most visited old coffee shop in Bangkok is the On Lok Yun coffee shop. This Chinese style coffee shop was said to be existed for over 80 years and still have strong followers of locals as well as Asian holiday makers. Operating from the Sino-Portuguese style shop, the exterior as well as its interior maintained much of its golden days structure and design leaving much of it intact until now. The queue can be surprisingly long on weekends with local crowds and tourists lining up the shop walkways waiting patiently for their number to be called upon. You can try to explore the neighbourhood while waiting for your turn and another surprise may just appear right in front of you while doing so. Within the vicinity of On Lok Yun, the majestic Sala Chalerm Krung Theatre was just next door making the dining experience even more interesting as such old gems came in your way, which it really did for me because of my grave interest for old style buildings. The old theatre was built in 1933 and today it operates as a stage for the traditional Thai Khon-Masked Dance show known as The Hanuman. The theatre still until today maintained its old structures and I believe, that such plan to keep the theatre just as it is will provide benefits to the Thai government due to the value brought about by such vintage theatre. By turning it into a stage for Thai traditional dance performance show, this attracts the tourists to visit and to get to know the history of Sala Chalerm Krung Theatre and it could be turned into a museum one day should the theatre no longer in operations.

ON LOK YUN'S MENU
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Another vintage landmark around the On Lok Yun is the Old Siam Plaza. Old Siam Plaza, located in the Wang Burapha Phirom area was formerly the site of Burapha Phirom Palace, a royal residence of one of the brothers of King Chulalongkorn. it is also famous in silk textiles and the new Wang Burapha MRT station is located not far from here. Not long after this, if you would like to visit On Lok Yun, Sala Chalerm Krung Royal Theatre and Old Siam Plaza, take the MRT and get off at the Wang Burapha station, which scheduled to open in 2019. All these 3 places are located within walking distance.

THAI ICED MILK TEA
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Back to On Lok Yun, the coffee shop has two floors of dining area and on weekends, due to the overcrowded customers, you may end up on the upper floor of the shop. Do not expect the comfort of the air-conditioning. Remember I mentioned that the coffee shop still keep the way it was run some over 80 years ago. The menu has probably changed, unlike the olden days of just toasted or steam white bread with the spread of butter and coconut jam otherwise known as kaya paste coupled with half boiled eggs and coffee and milk tea. On Lok Yun served the typical modern all day breakfast menu consist of bacon, ham, sausage, Chinese sausage and fried eggs. You can also have steam cube white bread with kaya and condensed milk too. Other breakfast choice include bread with butter and sugar and egg custard bread. One of the most outstanding yet distinguished from the other restaurants serving breakfast menu would be its French toast. I would say the French toast is the winner of all the others on On Lok Yun’s menu which definitely must not be missed when you are here. Topped the breakfast food with either hot or iced milk tea or coffee which will complete the fulfilled dining experience at On Lok Yun.

STEAM BREAD WITH KAYA & CONDENSED MILK
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AMERICAN BREAKFAST
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FRENCH TOAST
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On Lok Yun offers one of a kind of nostalgic breakfast dining experience. I would say if you could find your way to this coffee shop or you have some extra time to spend in Bangkok wandering off the usual shopping and eating, you can try to head to On Lok Yun for breakfast before chilling out over at the adjacent Old Siam Plaza.

Posted by kidd27 12:04 Archived in Thailand

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